Environment

Why some people hate trees and 5 ways to love them

It’s National Tree Day on Sunday, 28 July. This will probably cause some people a degree of annoyance because, despite the proven benefits of trees for cooling shade, biodiversity, amenity and human wellbeing, many Australians simply don’t like them.

Yep they’re planning for the apocalypse – your guide to the preppers

Dewy Lawrence is owner and manager of Ziptac Outdoor Equipment in Bargo in NSW’s Southern Highlands. His business has been growing rapidly since he founded it two years ago. He has around 2000 customers a month and about 30 per cent of them are prepping for disaster. Quite a few are high-income urban professionals.

Your garden could help restore stream ecosystems

Returning this rainwater to our gardens could help ensure ecological flows continue. Even in drought conditions, this minor water diversion could help replenish local streams and maintain their ecosystems.

Why the old approaches to water security won’t cut it anymore

Why the old approaches to water security won’t cut it anymore

Australia is currently in the throes of a drought we didn’t see coming. We can no longer rely on the traditional ways of managing our water supplies and we need to get serious about planning for long-term water security if we want to avoid running dry.

Apartments can be great water savers – instead of wasters

Apartments can be great water savers – instead of wasters

Sydney Water has announced level one restrictions, high-security water pricing in the Murray region has reached around $175,000 for an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of the stuff and some towns in Barnaby Joyce’s New England electorate face the very real prospect of running out in the coming months.

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Queensland and waste: time to sort out the mess

Between 2017 and 2018, Queensland reported a 37 per cent increase in the amount of waste shipped in from interstate. This brought its annual reported waste to 10.9 million tonnes, a level it’s now looking to reduce with a new waste management and resource recovery strategy. 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems. 

How air plants could be a secret weapon in the race for greener cities

They’re native to the rocky cliffs and deserts of South America, the humble air plant might be the low maintenance but high impact way of greening (and cooling) our cities that we need. A Melbourne artist has been working with them for 20 years and found the support from a leading engineer on his journey.